Schools Daze! Starting Preschool ...
I have been looking into preschool programs for my 2.5 year old daughter. There is one that I am particularly interested in b/c her friend is attending there as well. I'm just not so sure how I feel about it yet.
Yesterday I met with the director, who was very sweet and encouraging. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect, and reading some of the stories here, I really thought I might get the runaround, but was pleasantly surprised.
You see, this is a perfect program for my daughter b/c it is half day (9-12), either two or three days a week. That takes lunch completely out of the equation, as well as birthday celebrations, which usually occur after lunch. Yay, right?
They do have a snack, but that is not what I am worried about. Basically, the director said they would send home a note to all parents saying please refrain from sending in peanut products for snack (they make parents supply snacks for their children each month), and then the teacher would look over the snacks each month to make sure they were OK (I believe that they would allow me to do this if I wanted to as well).
In addition, there is a 10:2 student/teacher ratio, which makes me feel comfortable, and they said the aide could sit with my daughter during snack to make sure nothing gets shared. The teacher has used an epi before and is ready and willing, although currently there are no PA students there (there is an epi for a child who is allergic to bees, though).
So ... what's the problem? I guess I can't help shake the feeling that the place does not appear too clean and that I would have to rely on their conscientious effort to wipe down tables and the classroom after lunch (they eat in the classroom). Seeing as my daughter will not be at lunch every day, it would require even more of an effort on their part to keep everything safe and remember to do so, despite her not being there.
I really feel like this director has the best of intentions and is trying to be very accommodating, but I'm not certain if she herself knows what she is getting into and not quite sure if I trust her to carry through.
Has anyone had anything similar with their preschool experience (especially where the kids eat in the classrooms and PB is allowed) and how has it turned out for you? How safe is this? Am I just being a total worrywart, since this is the first time I will be leaving my daughter in the care of someone else (she has not even been left with a babysitter before, so this is a big first step for both of us, but MUCH NEEDED for us both).
Thanks in advance for reading and for any responses!